Over £5.2 million worth of donations from the Warp It reuse and redistribution community have been given to charities in the UK and abroad. The level smashes the target of reaching £5 million set at the end of last year.
Around 50 new charities, community groups or schools sign up for the service each month and a huge range of unwanted items, ranging from medical supplies to stationery and office furniture, are rehomed to support their causes.
Warp It’s founder and Head of Happiness, Daniel O’Connor, said:
"Supporting charities has always been part of our mission so we're delighted we have surpassed £5 million in donations.
"Giving unwanted furniture, equipment and stationery to charities, schools, and other non-profits supports social impact and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals. Organisations also save on the expenses associated with sending assets to landfill, lower their environmental impact, and shift to a more circular economy.
"The charity benefits by receiving items they need to operate smoothly without having to dip into limited funding.
“It’s a win-win for everybody.”
Recent donations have included an estimated £100,000 worth of medical supplies to help combat paramedics in war-torn Ukraine, following an appeal by community group North Norfolk Aid for Ukraine.
The supplies, which have already been delivered to paramedics working on the front line in Ukraine, included medical stillages packed with orthopaedic operating kits, surgical gloves and gowns, hundreds of bandages and dressings, x-ray bandages, feeding tubes, sanitizers, and even burial shrouds.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reported donating around £20,000 worth of donations given to Mesopotamia, a charity that provides poverty and hardship relief. Donations included shelving and tables for the Foodbank, which supports 300 people each week; furniture for its office and hub that supports the homeless and refugees; wooden shelving units for the charity’s shop; partly furnishing a Nottingham hostel with bedroom and lounge furniture; and desks and chairs for homes of children being home taught during lockdown.
And the Guy and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust donated nearly 1,700 hospital uniforms worth £25,000, to the Sylvia Lanka Foundation for use in hospitals in Sri Lanka. The Trust had been storing the vast uniform collection, which included Midwife and Sister tunics, for over six months and nearly lost hope of rehoming them until they used the Warp it reuse service.
Above left to right: The North Norfolk Aid for Ukraine group the Guy and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Other charities benefiting from donations include MedAid, the Kori Development Project, Health Care Relief Charity (Health Care for Africa), Refugease, Healing for the Heart, The Element Society, the Walthamstow Stadium Area Residents and Community Association, and The Cambuslang Allotment Gardens. Read the more about the donations.
To sign up to Warp It charity service, the following criteria must be met to ensure the safe and legal donation of the items.
- You must be a school, charity, social enterprise, or community group with governance documents from either the UK or your own country.
- If not a charity, social enterprise, or community group you’ll need to affiliate with a charity or school in the UK or your own country.
- If you cannot affiliate with a charity, social enterprise, or community group then you need to provide a headed letter from the hospital or institution you are donating the items to confirm that they will accept the items.
If you’re planning a clearance, take the online tour and get in touch to join the Warp It reuse community.